Drug seizures by French customs at a “historic” level in 2021, according to Olivier Dussopt


Customs seized 30% more drugs in 2021, compared to 2021. This represents 115 tons of narcotics.

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A number “historical”. Customs seized 115 tonnes of narcotics in 2021, a record level in particular for cocaine, the Minister of Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt announced on Tuesday February 1. “Between 2020 and 2021, customs seizures increased by 30%, from 90 tons of narcotics to 115 tons of narcotics”, said the minister on RMC.

These levels are “historic”, clarified the ministry to AFP, adding for example that for cocaine, “these are the largest seizures ever made on national territory”. They have thus doubled to more than 18.6 tonnes. Cannabis remains the most seized drug by customs, with more than 74 tonnes intercepted, up 24% over one year. The trend is the same for heroin (+30% to 466 kg) and ecstasy (+30% to more than a million doses), further details the ministry.

In particular, customs has strengthened its controls on online commerce, making it possible to uncover traffic that has hitherto been poorly understood. These results come from both a “excellent work” customs, greeted Olivier Dussopt, than traffic “Very important”, with “very substantial seizures” who can reach “several tons” in ports.



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